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Developing Transferable Skills for the Alberta Labour Force

Times of economic upheaval and technological advancements can lead to substantial changes in employment. The RBC Humans Wanted report explains that the workforce is currently undergoing such profound change economically, technologically, and socially.

The unfortunate result of the current workforce landscape changing will be job losses across certain industries; however, the Alberta labour force is also predicting huge job vacancies for computer and industrial professionals, construction managers, healthcare providers, and experts in agriculture.

With the skillful use of labour market information and an emphasis on foundational transferable skills, workforce developers can help in the migration of the workforce to the industries with predicted or current job vacancies.

Create Mobility By Developing Transferable Skills

One way to support the mobility of the workforce is by encouraging the development of transferable skills. According the RBC report, the skills that will be in high demand include critical thinking, coordination, and complex problem solving - all skills that would make anyone more resilient to changes in the workplace.

Consider also focusing on the development of technical skills that will be an asset to any company as industries become more digitized and automated. For instance, let’s consider a worker who is employed currently in a food processing plant as a maintenance technician. As factories become “smarter”, more interconnected and intelligent, downtime due to unforeseen machinery faults will decrease. 

These technicians have foundational transferable skills in terms of working in a dynamic and complex environment, as well as technical knowledge in machinery and programming. These skills can easily be taken to the next place of employment, for example, in the healthcare industry, which currently requires skilled workers in Alberta. This same technician understands the complexities of machinery downtime, repair problem solving, and the programming behind equipment that would also be found in a hospital.

Use Real-Time Data to Support a Skills-Based Economy

nullIt’s going to be imperative to locate talented labour based on the skills they have and not the exact industry their experience stems from. It’s the transferable skills that will make the Alberta labour force successful in these times of economic and technological change.

When working with industries that have current or predicted labour shortages, you could direct the conversation to discussing the foundational skills that an employee would require. In order to find qualified individuals, a tool, such as the Regional Labour Supply Report, can provide information on the workers looking for employment based on their skills and experience, rather than a specific degree or industry.

In this way, you can have all the labour market information focused on your region, allowing you to match workers with transferable skills to companies and organizations that are in dire need of employees able to problem solve on their own and work in an atmosphere that requires critical thinking. Knowing how quickly things are changing in the workforce, you can also use this information to work with local educational institutions to ensure that students are developing transferable skills, ensuring continued employment after graduation.

Alberta Labour Market Information Sources

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